Explore: Rockford, Illinois
Rockford greets visitors with a mix of history, art and natural beauty. Explore a nature museum featuring a T. Rex, stroll through Asian gardens and discover work from Dale Chihuly and Ansel Adams at the Rockford Art Museum.
Rockford is home to some top family museums, like Burpee Museum of Natural History and Discovery Center Museum, where you can lay your eyes on Jane the young T. Rex or Homer the teenage Triceratops.
Anderson Japanese Gardens has been named one of the highest quality Japanese gardens in North America. Inspired by calm and tranquility, this 12 acre award-winning landscape is comprised of koi-filled ponds, winding paths, gentle streams, cascading waterfalls, raked gravel gardens, beautifully trained pines, and more. Visitors can also enjoy breakfast and lunch at Fresco at the Gardens, which features fresh, organic and locally grown food.
Of course, a trip to Rockford wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t check out one of the many places that the hometown band Cheap Trick has made famous locally. Whether it is getting a bite to eat at Stockholm Inn (don’t forget to strum the lucky Rick Nielsen guitar on the wall) or getting your picture taken for a social media post outside of the Rockford Armory, you will have a great time living the Rock & Roll life in Rockford.
From the gigantic Mall of America – the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the US – to the stores on Chicago’s tree-lined Magnificent Mile, from outlet centres with terrific prices to hip shops with unique clothes, the Great Lakes states are a paradise for shoppers.
The Great Lakes region offers a great selection of trip ideas. You can preplan your routes, have a a look at our suggested itineraries, or be spontaneous and free and just jump into the car and venture out to – a winery, a sandy beach, a cosy bed and breakfast, a secluded trail – the choice is yours.
Festival time in the Great Lakes states means decision time for visitors – because there are so many to choose from.
Soaring skyscrapers and roaring motorbikes, the US’s largest shopping and entertainment centre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the home of Abraham Lincoln, America’s most-famous president, and the music of Motown – they’re just some of the great attractions the Great Lakes states have to offer.
Whether you are planning a golf trip to an isolated gem in the wilderness or just want a quality round while traveling on a business trip then the Great Lakes has them all.
Fancy a wander through some terrific scenery in Illinois? Then, head for the Starved Rock State Park in Utica, which overlooks the Illinois River and has rushing waterfalls, towering trees and awe-inspiring canyons. Two million visitors a year explore its scenic trails and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs.